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Big Beautiful Collars Keep You Warm in Your Winter Coat
October 31, 2014

Sandrine Sweater Coat - IVORY/BLACK

Deep, big collars are a theme of coats for Fall-Winter 2014. Some are cloth, and a few are fur.

Soft Surroundings nails the deep-collar look with a sweater coat, top left. The geometric black-and-white medallion pattern also is on-trend for Fall-Winter 2014 fabrication.

There are some gold threads woven through the pattern for shimmer and a bit of angora wool for softness.

A sweater coat is a transitional piece for the cold American heartland, outerwear in warmer climates, and may be worn indoors in drafty buildings, such as a movie theater.

Reaching deep down the torso, shawl collars like this one appear on structured coats and belted designs alike.

Notice where your eyes go on the upper and middle designs.

The deep collar look, top, is a boon for pear-shaped women, especially those with sloping shoulders, filling in the torso with that delicious collar.

The wing collar coat in gray, center photo, is Appleseed's adaptation of the big collar trend. The classy gray is one of this season's preferred neutrals.

This pared-down example of the big collar keeps the eyes higher. It is better suited to large-bosomed women.

I have watched big collars come-and-go, and I am sure you have, too. They can look wildly -- even hilariously -- out of place when the trend passes.

A winter coat is an investment, and I want cost-per-wearing value. Appleseed's coat will remain classic even when the trend passes.

The fur collar walking coat, bottom left, with toggle buttons is perfect for day time and all casual occasions, at Macy's.

I like the ring-type faux fur collar pictured here.

It will keep the neck warm and is not over-powering, as shawl-style fur collars may be.

The big, furry shawl collar is especially dubious as a style choice for a large-bosomed woman.

All shades of gray are part of this year's fall-winter palette of neutrals, as well as many hues of oatmeal and camel.

Other themes are blanket coats, shearling jackets (as if those ever go out of style), and puffy quilted jackets.


This example of a blanket jacket is offered by our affiliate retailer Halsbrook. Look past the youthful model to envision how a style may look on you.

A big plaid such as this one may, for example, dwarf a petite figure; consider proportion.

The principle of proportion applies as well to how large the collar of your big-collar coat may be.

A small frame may look even tinier when visually framed by any large design features– big collar, big purse, over-sized print, or a loose-fitting great coat or garment.

A petite woman may end up looking like a little girl playing dress-up with her mother's clothes.

On the other hand, if you have a figure feature you want to diminish, do not call attention to it with larger-than-life design features.

Epaulettes make big-boned shoulders appear larger for example.

A big collar calls attention to the bust and torso.

And a big print or plaid is not for everyone.

By incorporating a basic understanding of line and proportion into how we express ourselves through our clothes, we raise our chances of creating flattering combinations.

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"When something does not insist on being noticed, when we aren't grabbed by the collar or struck on the skull by a presence or an event, we take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." -- Cynthia Ozick, American-Jewish short story writer


Comfort or growth are tensions gnawing at my ease of mind. I am weighing the costs and benefits of various ways for providing sufficient income for what should be retirement. The word is increasingly meaningless for many of my generation.

This is especially true for older women who must provide for ourselves. We constitute one of the largest poverty demographics in the USA.

Two books are currently my inspiration.

First, Alice Gardner describes her journey to transformation in Life Beyond Belief, Everyday Living as Spiritual Practice.

I didn't care much for the first part of this book. It focuses on the material facts of where she went, what she did, and what happened next, interspersed with her poems.

Now she is down to nitty-gritty lessons. When a book provokes my deepest thoughts, I can process only a few pages at a time. That is true for me for this last part of this work.

She writes that we must often choose truth over our desire for comfort. I have quoted some passages that moved me on my personal blog.

Gardner writes about becoming our whole selves from the spiritual perspective; James Hollis writes about it from the psychological perspective.

Hollis, a Jungian, holds that we are held in thrall by deep complexes. These fears and behavioral patterns can be very hard to break.

It is often more comfortable to remain spellbound in our limitations than to strike out in pursuit of new truths and new ways of becoming whole -- at least for me.

Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives is his current book and the one I am reading. Hollis will be in Fort Lauderdale in November at a meeting of < a href="">Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida.

He is on a book tour. So look for when he may be coming to your area if you are interested.

Kindly yours,

Enid Sefcovic, Publisher, Fashion After 50
3700 Inverrary Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL

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